Employees give ‘two thumbs up’ to Ice Cream Social, Researchpalooza

August 21, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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It was a star-studded day at Michigan Medicine as employees gathered Wednesday for the annual Ice Cream Social and Researchpalooza.

The Hollywood-themed event recognized the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff and treated them to music, games, giveaways and sweets.

“It’s not often you get to have employees from every discipline come together to meet each other and see what kind of work they do,” said David Vanderstelt, an ECMO specialist. “On top of that, we get a chance to step away, eat ice cream and appreciate the beautiful weather. What could be better?”

Employees stole the spotlight all day long as they sang karaoke and posed for cameras along the red carpet while the organization’s leaders exercised their arm muscles scooping up generous servings of ice cream.

“Michigan Medicine’s reputation as one of the best academic medical centers in the country is because of the efforts of our faculty and staff,” said Steve Bernstein, M.D., MPH, associate dean for clinical affairs and chief quality officer. “I believe it’s important to show our appreciation and celebrate the outstanding work our staff does in delivering the highest quality and safest care, performing ground-breaking research, and educating the next generation of providers. I feel privileged to work with our team and to be able to show my thanks by providing a cool treat on a hot day.”

Researchpalooza a blockbuster hit

In conjunction with the Ice Cream Social, the research community gathered in the med school courtyard for Researchpalooza to learn about each other’s work and services.

Hank Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., Lucille Groff Professor of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, had ample opportunity to cool off in the center’s dunk tank, while the Office of Regulatory Affairs brought two dogs to meet with faculty and staff.

The Department of Communication, meanwhile, used its booth to sign up subscribers for the new Michigan Health Lab research news website, a platform to share stories about the achievements of Michigan Medicine researchers and educators.

The department challenged anyone involved in research to explain their work in about 30 seconds, on camera, in language that anyone can understand. See how one team member did at describing her work:


And the winner is …

New this year, a raffle was held to give away themed gift baskets donated by vendors and departments as a token of their appreciation. All employees — whether they attended the Ice Cream Social or not — were entered into the raffle.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s festivities and be sure to check out the photo gallery above to see who was caught by the paparazzi during the event!